An epizootic of patent iridescent virus disease in multiple species of blackflies in Chiapas, Mexico.

@article{Hernandez2000AnEO,
  title={An epizootic of patent iridescent virus disease in multiple species of blackflies in Chiapas, Mexico.},
  author={Osvaldo Hernandez and Guadalupe Maldonado and Trevor Williams},
  journal={Medical and veterinary entomology},
  year={2000},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={458-62}
}
Simulium blackfly larvae (Diptera: Simuliidae) were collected from rivers and streams at 500-1500 m a.s.l. in Chiapas State of southern Mexico. Among 45 sites surveyed over an area of 2300 km2 (around 15 degrees 15'N 92 degrees 20'W), some Simulium larvae from three sites were opalescent violet-blue, interpreted as patent infection with invertebrate iridescent virus (IIV). Dissection confirmed the presence of putative Iridovirus particles, 130nm diameter, but no IIV isolates were obtained from… CONTINUE READING

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